Coloring ABS with nailpolish

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    Clint Barton


    As some people are new to 3D printing, I would like to share a few tips regarding coloring ABS.
    I do a lot of small figures, earrings and such, and I found hobby shop paint to either be rather expensive or was not happy with the results. Spray paints, colored ABS and dunking prints into paint where no options for these small models.While it may sound strange at first, nail polish works real well. It contains acetone or other solvents, which will soften the ABS, and after it dried (can take several hours to really dry without sticking anymore) its very durable, does not chip off and even smoothes the surface from support structure left-overs while at the same time enhances details.
    At ebay you can get cheap nail polish sets, with vials from €0,32/$0,42 each (shipped).
    They also have the advantage that they have a two-way cap, so you can either us the brush or a nozzle to paint smaller details. As they are out of plastic you can simply squeeze them.

    Please help.

    I did not find the right solution from the internet.

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